Exploring The Alternative Field Nominees

Go inside the nominations in the Best Alternative Music Album category for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Bon Iver
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    Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard
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    Foster The People's Mark Foster
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    My Morning Jacket's Jim James
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    Radiohead's Thom Yorke
January 17, 2012 -- 4:34 pm PST

(For a complete list of 54th GRAMMY Awards nominees, click here.)

You've seen the list of nominees, now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the Alternative Field for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Some of the most wide-ranging and forward-thinking artists to be recognized by the GRAMMY Awards can be found in the Best Alternative Music Album category. The Black Keys took home the award last year at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards for the stripped-down, roots-riffs of Brothers, and this year competition is tight among a typically eclectic group of nominees.

Best Alternative Music Album

Newcomers Foster The People are nominated for their debut album, Torches. The indie trio made a huge impression in 2011, powered by the infectious Top 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Pumped Up Kicks," which is also up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Fellow first-time nominees Bon Iver, the project of singer/songwriter Justin Vernon, earned a nod for their self-titled sophomore album. Bon Iver scored nominations in three other categories: Best New Artist and Record and Song Of The Year for the ethereal "Holocene." My Morning Jacket's Circuital, their highest-charting Billboard 200 album to date, earned the band their second nomination in this category. The group was nominated in 2008 for Evil Urges. The fourth time may be the charm for Death Cab For Cutie, who are nominated for Codes And Keys. Death Cab For Cutie have received three nominations in this category previously, including Plans (2005) and Narrow Stairs (2008), the latter of which spawned a nod for Best Rock Song for "I Will Possess Your Heart." Radiohead are nominated for their eighth studio album, The King Of Limbs. The group have won three times in this category, including Kid A (2000) and In Rainbows (2008).

Who will take home the award in the Alternative Field? Tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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